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Tropical Biology in Ecuador

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Iguana in Ecuador

Iguana in Ecuador. Photo by SAU Professor Richard Robertson.

This course is closed for the 2014 May term. 

Course:  BIOL 321, Special Topics in Field Biology (three credits)
Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Biology 
Instructor:  Amy Blair, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dates:  May 19 - June 8, 2014 
Primary Location:  Quito, Cuenca and the Pacific Coast in Ecuador
Price:  $5,518 (tentative)

Program description

This international study abroad course is designed to give students broad exposure to the biology of the tropics. Ecuador is an ideal location for such a course because of the incredible number of unique habitat types and immense biological diversity. During the course, students will spend time in different regions of Ecuador, exploring and learning about tropical cloud forests, tropical rainforests, the páramo, dry tropical forests, and mangroves. The course ends on the Pacific Coast, where students will learn about the unique ecosystem and organisms that inhabit this region. During the course, students will design and conduct biological research in tropical habitats. Additionally, students will experience and learn about the kind people and vibrant culture of Ecuador by, for example, visiting local markets, participating in a day of service, and traveling to a cacao farm.

What is included
  • Share of Instructor/Support Person expenses
  • Roundtrip airfare 
  • Housing
  • International health insurance
  • Transportation in Ecuador

What is not included
  • Meals
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Souvenirs and spending money

How to apply

Complete the online application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by December 15.

  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If are not accepted, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, this deposit is non-refundable after December 15.

Payment deadlines

  • January 15:  $750 commitment fee due
  • March 16:  remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Submit $750 commitment fee to the Center for International Education. 
  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University. 
  • The commitment fee is deducted from the total program cost. 
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program. 
  • The commitment fee is non-refundable after December 15.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by March 16. 
  • The final payment is non-refundable after March 16.